MURAI said:ANUS, argues death metal is based on the idealogy of looking through life putting importance in logic and reflecting on death which is passed on from Slayer. Also, they argue it has lost its original intention with bands like Cannibal Corpse coming up like I say are more based on horror movie shock value than anything. And some more mainstream bands took the heavy, angry image of death metal.
It goes beyond just cartoonish gore; Cannibal Corpse et al. appropriated death metal aesthetics to make music that was, underneath, just basic rock 'n roll.